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10 changes in journalists role (and 5 things that remain the same)

(Versão portuguesa aqui)

um-jornalista-e-um-djJournalism is changing: technologically, commercially, in the media, in the formats, in business models. So it is quite natural that the very role of journalists must be renewed and adapted to the unavoidable reality.

But first, we must understand what a journalist is and does:

Journalism is the profession of writing or communicating, formally employed by publications and broadcasters, for the benefit of a particular community of people. The writer or journalist is expected to use facts to describe events, ideas, or issues that are relevant to the public. Journalists (also known as news analysts, reporters, and correspondents) gather information, and broadcast it so we remain informed about local, state, national, and international events. They can also present their points of view on current issues and report on the actions of the government, public officials, corporate executives, interest groups, media houses, and those who hold social power or authority.

Wikipedia(english version)

Now that we cleared things up, we can enumerate the new changes demanded by the job:

1- A journalist must know how to work for different media.  He must be multi-skilled and master different languages.

It’ a matter of professional survival. If being an expert in a medium is an added value, it is also essencial that we can adapt to others, just in case we’re caught up in a company restructuring. Besides, that multitasking is very useful in this age of media convergence: a journalist with good radio skills can take the production of his newspapers podcast, or use his photographic qualities to illustrate the news in his station’s website.

2-A journalist is his own editor.

Calm down, i’m not promoting the newsroom anarchy. But editorial independence is needed in these times where the news is published immediately, as breaking news or via Twitter, calling for a faster response time.  Staff cuts and new newsrooms organization -telework, for instance- promote that autonomy.  But the weight of responsibility increases.

3-A journalist is a brand.

And his own product.If the job market is volatile, freelancing is an option (as it has always been). To value himself, a journalist must know how to sell his work: by creating off-work contents – blogs, photo galleries, slideshows, videos, flash experiments ,podcasts, etc. It is fundamental to have an entrepreneurial attitude, and know how to highlight his individuality. Personal marketing weighs in here, in the way your CV/Resume and  portfolio and also the profile in social networks is presented. Besides, it becomes more easy for the audience to associate the work to the worker, which humanizes the professional and the company he works for. Proactivity is a characteristic that all good journalists must have, but is of utmost importance in a world that allows to create  your own projects with low costs.

4-A journalist must network.

It had to before, but there were geographical limitations, social and economical factors , and a whole sort of real world constraints. Online, the limit is in the number and the value of the contacts one has. A well set up professional network can increase recognition and it allows to reach out to more sources and get help.

5-A journalist is a producer.

The age of typewriters is long gone, so we need to know something more than writing. Now  programming and video,audio, photography, design knowledge are demanded, to develop multimedia works on your own or to effectively communicate when working as a team.  And we can get  that knowledge online. The final result may no longer be a text, but a multimedia package, that we must know how to make, or explain.

6-A journalist is an information archaeologist.

Think of yourselves as explorers, digital Indiana Jones. There is room for new types of journalism, driven by database use or using links to older news related to the subject we’re covering. It’s part of the new role of journalists to select, cross, select and use other sources -even from the competition- from different times, simultaneously and immediately, to explain the evolution or to frame a story.  And the web is full of information for those who know how to look it up and use it.

7-A journalist is a moderator.

The journalist is the bridge between users, the newsroom and the story’s characters. Through managing the comments of the article, crowdsourcing, and collaborating with the readers, the journalist can add value to the first published draft. We must understand that a story isn’t finished after being published, there is always  more data that can help to improve the understanding of the facts. So, it’s  part of the role of the journalist to feed, gather and filter the dialogue that now is sustained with the users, and incorporate it in the final result.

8-A journalist is a authenticator.

Amid all the user generated content and contributions is up to the journalist to verify and validate what is news or not. Fact checking is still a part of the job, but now it has a bigger importance because of the immediate impact a wrong information can have, because it spreads faster and further. This is a good example.

9-A journalist is more a traffic cop than a private investigator.

Or even better:  there will be more traffic cops than private investigators.. .I’m sorry to destroy a romantic image of journalism, but there will be less Humphrey Bogarts, the rise in the volume of information will demand for more traffic managers. Their role will be essential to guide the masses in the search for information. Sites like are a good example. Journalistic creation and investigation will continue to exist, but most of the work will be redirecting users and contents into the right places.

10-A journalist is a DJ.

Remixes and makes the news flow coherent.

…and 5 things that haven’t changed:

1-A journalist is a professional specialized in gathering, treating, creating and managing information;

2-A journalist works for society;

3-A journalist is curious by nature, and tries to know more than what is showed;

4-A journalist is the first defender of freedom of speech and information;

5-A journalist is a target;

What other items can be added to these lists?

Other links used for this post:

The Changing Context of News Work:Liquid Journalism and Monitorial Citizenship, Mark Deuze (.pdf)

Is Web 2.0 killing journalism?

The changing role of journalists in a world where everyone can publish

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Um jornal já não é um jornal | A newspaper is no longer a newspaper

Um jornal passou a ser tudo inclusivé um jornal: hoje em dia é um canal para video, uma rádio online. Por aqui acreditamos que o futuro passa por criar sinergias com outros meios de comunicação e incorporá-los na vida de uma publicação.

Foi o que se fez no The Spokesman Review, que contratou dois profissionais de rádio (não foram dois estagiários tenrinhos, acabadinhos de sair da faculdade a ganhar o subsídio de alimentação,para trabalhar com um microfone de 5 euros e uma versão pirata do Soundforge), para fazer noticiários em áudio de dois minutos.

A newspaper can now be anything including a newspaper: nowadays it’s a video channel, an online radio. Around here we believe that the future goes through by creating synergies with other media and embedd them in the newspaper life.

That’s what happened at The Spokesman Review, that hired two radio pros (not two tender-fresh-out-of college trainees, making almost no money at all to work with a cheap plastic mic and a pirate version of Soundforge) to publish audio newscasts in two minute long editions.

Two veteran news radio broadcasters were hired and a state of the art radio news production studio was built in the newsroom. Our “radio guys” as they are affectingly called, have settled in without too many cultural adjustments. The workflow changes for people in the newsroom have been pretty minimal. Reporters are being asked to record audio sound bites from some of their stories. Occasionally they are interviewed for broadcast about stories they’ve reported on.

Radio from the newsroom

Palavras chave: veteranos, state of the art, construído. E contratados. O investimento parece compensar, infelizmente a maioria dos directores de jornais em Portugal parece pensar de outra forma, mas eles é que sabem, levam mais anos disto do que eu, e eu respeito a experiência dos mais velhos. É pena é que a teimosia e a surdez estejam associados à velhice.

O video também parece estar a tomar as redacções de assalto, pelo menos é o que diz este trabalho da Newspaper Association of America, que dá indicações sobre como se pode incorporar este formato numa redacção tradicional. A ler e a recomendar a quem não sabe destas coisas.

Keywords: veterans, state of the art, built. And hired. The investment seems to be paying off, but unfortunately most newspaper directors here in Portugal seem to think differently, but it’s their prerrogative, they have more years of this than i do, and i was taught to respect the experience of the elderly. It’s a shame that pigheadedness and being deaf are associated to old age.

Video seems to be taking the newsrooms by assault, at least that’s what is written in this work of the Newspaper Association of America, that is also a great guide on how to insert this format in a traditional newsroom.To read and recommend to those who still don’t know about it.

“Zooming In on Online Video: A Development & Growth Guide for Newspaper Web Sites” is intended to help newspapers of any size develop profitable video applications. The cost of entry to create quality video continues to decline while the success of online video continues to grow. As competition heats up for online video mindshare, newspapers have an excellent opportunity to leverage their skills and content and capture an even large share of online advertising spending.

Zooming in Online Video

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Pagar mais pelos melhores | Pay more for the best

Eu não acredito que muita gente em Portugal (e no resto do mundo) pense assim…

I don’t believe that there’s many people in Portugal (or anywhere else) thinking like this…

Hartigan said that for much of his 43-year career most journalists were generalists, “sweeping over any subject with a light dusting of curiosity and a nice turn of phrase.” But he warned that those days were numbered. Journalism needed more specialists, he argued – “more people who can provide compelling insights to what’s going on” because quality was “taking on greater meaning, not less.”

Competition for talent also was intensifying, Hartingan said. As a result, he said, “We will need to pay more and offer better opportunities to attract – and retain – the best people.” In other words, quality content was the key. In a world of information overload, audiences return to brands they can trust that synthesize information and make it easy to absorb. That deep skill requires highly skilled and educated journalists. The obvious place to find specialists is at universities and think tanks.

da | from Convergence Newsletter

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Audácia,inovação,ambição | Audacity,innovation,ambition

Manifesto de Pat Thornton | Pat Thornton’s Manifest

The audacity of ambition — and innovation

I don’t want to work for an industry that is content with the status quo.

I don’t want to work for an industry that is afraid of innovation.

I don’t want to work for an industry that blames its readers when things go bad.

I don’t want to work for an industry that is scared of risk — and success.

I don’t want to work for an industry that is scared of change.

I don’t want to work for an industry that is afraid to have a conversation with its users.

I don’t want to work for an industry that is content to die.

I want to work for an industry that believes in its audience.

I want to work for an industry that can admit it was wrong.

I want to work for an industry that has the audacity to innovate.

I want to work for an industry that always wants to improve, even when it’s on top.

I want to work for an industry that always strives to be the best.

I want to work for an industry that believes there is no such thing as good enough.

I want to work for an industry that puts innovation first.

If this is the last stand for the American Newspaper, I don’t want to go out without a fight. I want to shatter paradigms, destroy cherished icons and push the envelop of innovation. And if all those efforts fail, I want try again.

I don’t want to admit defeat without at least trying. If I lose, I want it to be because I had nothing left to give. I don’t want to lose because I decided it was too hard to win.

I want the audacity of ambition — and innovation.

What do you want?

-O mesmo | The same

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Informação R/evolução | Information R/evolution

“Michael Wesch, professor de Antropologia Cultural na Kansas State University, colocou no YouTube um vídeo sobre a evolução no modo como nós encontramos, armazenamos, criamos, criticamos e partilhamos informação.”

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“Michael Wesch, a Cultural Antropology teacher at Kansas State University, put on YouTube a video on how the way we find, store, create, criticise and share information has evolved.”

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